U3A SurfCoast

U3A SurfCoast, a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, is part of the world wide U3A (University of the Third Age), network,  offering around twenty classes and activities during each school term. Courses cover arts, humanities, languages, science, exercise, lifestyle and computers, and include year-long classes, short courses and occasional lectures.

Currently U3A SurfCoast operates in Torquay and Anglesea and welcomes all retirees and gives a special welcome to people newly arrived on the Surf Coast.

Notice Board

U3A SurfCoast held its AGM on Thursday 22 March 2018 at 2.00 pm at Surf Coast Shire Council Meeting Room. It was great to see Mayor David Bell and Councillors Margot Stevens, Rose Hodge and Martin Duke there, and we were pleased to hear about the Council's Positive Ageing projects from Chris Pike, General Manager Culture and Community. 

We welcome the new committee:
​John Bartlett, President
​John McDonald, Vice President
​Greg Brinsmead, Treasurer
Anthony Ash, Secretary
​Margaret Bath, Libbie Lowrey, Sue Crowe, Judy Meagher, Mary Taylor - Committee Members
Tutor Get-together- put in your diary
 Once our short Term One comes to an end and we have the AGM (March 22nd), get over the Easter break and start a new term, it will be time to get  feedback from tutors on how the classes are running.
We will meet tutors at Spring Creek Community House on April 27th at 4pm to hear ideas, sort out any issues and enjoy drinks and nibbles and a chat. Hopefully all the tutors can make it.
Occasional Lecture
Our first  Occasional Lecture for 2018 will take place on Friday 23 March at 1.30 at Lions Village (please note the starting time).  It will be presented by Dr Lynne Broughton from Cambridge University. Lynne presented one of our occasional lectures in 2016. We all thoroughly enjoyed her wonderful slides and the fascinating stories that she told - mostly relating to church architecture and artifacts.  We are indeed privileged to be included in Lynne's lecture program while she is visiting Australia.   The lecture is titled  'Everything From Mouse to Monster: The Fascination of Medieval Churches'. Medieval churches were planned and decorated as 'microcosms' - portraying the entire created universe, both material and spiritual, in the form of architecture and all the decorative arts. This talk will illustrate something of the breadth of this vision.

​Make sure you sign up for this fascinating session.
Do you like our new website?  You can 'talk' to us any time by going to the Contact Us page and sending your comments on the online form - much simpler (and more secure)  than sending an email.  You can also sign our Guestbook at the bottom of this page.

U3A SurfCoast Stories

Visiting Author: On March 19th, the Creative Writing group had a visit from prize-winning local author Mark Smith who took the group through an interesting exercise on developing believable characters.
Mark lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast. His writing has won a number of awards and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction and the Big Issue. Wilder Country is his second novel in a trilogy of books for young adults.
Mark, a teacher of literature, also talked about the problems of getting young boys to read and gave the group an idea of what goes on in the publishing world.
We hope to have at least one visiting author for the group each term.

Moving the U3A Office

Currently negotiations are underway with the Surf Coast Shire to move our office from the Community House next door to the Senior Citizens building.

Our small office will be easier to access and is in the process of being fitted out by the Shire to serve our purposes.

The move marks another step in our quickly developing community so stay tuned for the announcement of an ‘open’ date.

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Thank you.
U3A Office Hours
10.00 am - 12 noon

Spring Creek House
14 Price Street
Torquay Vic 3228
P: 0435 374 139
Term Dates 2018:
Term 1:  12 February to 29 March
Term 2:  23 April to 29 June
Term 3:  23 July to 21 September
Term 4:  15 October to 7 December